Somehow I skipped Sicily

IMG_3997In my spurt of catching up on the blog I realized I never got around to posting here about our family’s vacation to Sicily this spring. It was one of few full-week vacations we’ve ever taken to a destination that wasn’t considered home (Salem, NH, Tennessee). And it was amazing. Time was such a luxury for us that it almost felt like multiple vacations, not just one.   Continue reading Somehow I skipped Sicily


One year later – a post for posterity

Looking forward to 2017

Well, as has happened in the past on our family blogs, I’ve paralyzed myself with a backlog of good intentions. I thought I would be able to go back a give a proper summary to the myriad activities and visitors we enjoyed since July.  Nope. I just can’t keep up, and it’s been keeping me from posting anything else. So I hereby declare Blog Bankruptcy (again).  Instead of beating myself up I will take this opportunity to summarize our first year in Munich.  One year ago today, we left Salem.

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And in a blink they were gone

[I’m sick (again, or still; depends on your perspective). This weekend I did essentially nothing but lay in bed, nap, and binge on Netflix. I’m a bit more rested today, but still mostly useless. One thing I can do, however, when I am feeling under the weather is catch up the blog and the photo albums.]


All too soon my parents flew back to Boston. Even though they’ve only been gone a week I miss them very much. We all do. Continue reading And in a blink they were gone

April happenings

A quick little post to capture the latest happenings before we are off on our next adventures.Tomorrow my parents arrive for their visit!!! Can’t wait! It seems that most of our outstanding household items and issues are getting resolved just in time. As I type, I have a series of workers coming and going, assembling wardrobes, removing the last of the rental furniture, and delivering some of the remaining pieces. We are still waiting on our bed and our dining room chairs, but hopefully in the next week or so, those too will arrive.

My neighbor was kind enough to introduce me to an excellent greenhouse/nursery with full service and terrific quality. There I have been spending a lot of time (and money) trying to get the balcony and the house spruced up. I’m also doing that thing where you desperately resist buying your summer plants and flowers until it warms up a bit more. The forecast shows temps dipping into the upper 30s over the next few days.  It’s been depressingly rainy for the past couple days, but it should clear up over the next few days.

Last week, my friend Lindsay visited from Budapest for a few days (yay!). We went on a photo walk and grabbed some yummy food. Yesterday we had some new friends over for brunch and on Saturday we went to the Frülingsfest with our neighbors and friends. Larry is again traveling internationally and fighting a cold.

The kids are doing fine. Elliot is learning guitar and training for his upcoming week-long bicycle trip along the Danube. Meredith is still enjoying fußball and yoga, is now practicing Buddhism (wish her a happy new year on Friday) and has returned to vegetarian. Both kids, unfortunately are still mostly unhappy at and with their school. We are biding our time and trying to be patient. This time next year I am confident they will be fully adjusted and happy.


Catching up with life, the universe, and everything

This post should bring me up to date with blogging (and I suppose bring you up to date with the Underhills).  Now that we are back from our spring break travels (see earlier posts and FaceBook for full pictures), we are spending this weekend nesting and doing household chores. But we did take a bike break today to watch the surfers on the Isar River in the English Garden. That’s right: surfers on a river in the middle of Munich.   Continue reading Catching up with life, the universe, and everything